That's interesting. I hadn't thought of that. 12-TET was invented/devised roughly early mid 17th century but didn't become widely used until the late 18th early 19th (well into the 19th in some regions).jwp wrote:In addition to what Scot said, in principle scalloped fretboards should allow you to adjust notes in the way other string players do. That may have been important before 12-TET became ubiquitous and destroyed the difference between keys. It might take a very sensitive touch to make use of it, but I doubt it's any more difficult to learn than the adjustments good violinists, cellists, et al, make.
Yes, I recall Bream talking about this on his DVD. He was still in his mid-teens, and his dad came home with it one day (apparently he'd bought it from a sailor off the back of a truck/lorry). By the time Bream got around to recording albums a few years later, he had a new lute (which can be seen in photos/album covers). I've never seen a photo of his modified lute-guitar (have you?).David_Norton wrote:I think Bream's first lute was a highly modified (by Thomas Goff) wandervogel laute, with a wider neck and bridge grafted onto the shell.
Wow, just listened to his BWV 998 PF&A. I think it sounds amazing. I like its soft sound and lack of over-ringing that most multi-string guitars have. It can be hard to judge merely by different videos or recordings, but my first thought was that I like it more than the Thames Dresden. But once again, hard to judge going from one recording to the next.Scot Tremblay wrote:To my ear the Liuto Forte sounds a lot like the early 60s recordings of lutes played by Gerwig, Ragossnig and others. It wasn't always the case but often these were heavy guitaristic in build with fixed frets. More like a guitar than an historical lute.
One of the big advocates for the Liuto Forte is Luciano Còntini. I like his playing but I cannot say that his instrument sounds all that much like a lute. I actually find that it sounds more like the multi-string alto-guitars as those made by Rodolfo Cucculellithe or the Dresden made by Michael Thames. Wonderful sounding instruments but not to be confused with real lutes.